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Patton Oswalt And Fiancée Meredith Salenger's Twitter Repartee Makes My Ice Cold Heart Believe In Love
Comedian Patton Oswalt announced his engagement to actress Meredith Salenger last week, fifteen months after Oswalt's late wife Michelle McNamara's sudden death.
Despite never having met Oswalt and not actually caring much about the lives of plenty of people I do know, I care deeply about Oswalt's happiness. (How could you not? Surely, you too wept through his GQ essay last year on grief and parenting). No one deserves to find love again more than Oswalt, and I don't even believe in love!
Needless to say, I, along with plenty of other People On The Internet, were thrilled on Thursday morning to read the news. A few "bitter grub worms," as Oswalt dubbed them, were less excited for him and responded with nasty, judgmental comments, but Oswalt handled them perfectly by signal-boosting an essay written by a fellow member of the club that no one wants to join, about widowhood and the human heart's capacity to expand:
WOW. Thank you for this, Erica. I'd chosen to ignore the grub worms but your writing is just SO good here. Thank you, seriously... https://t.co/XwHejT5Dkr— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 8, 2017
But "A Widow’s Rage Defense of Patton Oswalt’s Engagement" isn't the only thing on Oswalt's Twitter feed that will make your stone teat of a heart suddenly feel things again. Behold, some choice excerpts from his Twitter back-and-forth with Salenger (and the random fans they engage with). They have officially mastered the perfect mix of sentiment and self-mockery.
Let's start with their repartee from the day before they broke the news of their engagement publicly:
This was me in 2008. I caught the bouquet at my friend's wedding. 😜 pic.twitter.com/nI4RsStKav— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 5, 2017
And Oswalt's response:
Ah, those bouquets. Years later they tend to attract rats... https://t.co/kp0cjkL7ac— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 5, 2017
Switching briefly to Instagram, here's her first post on the engagement from Thursday, with a funny and not-taking-yourself-too-seriously-at-all Photoshop job of The Rock on her finger:
And then the official engagement tweet:
It's official. I'm the luckiest happiest girl in the universe!!!!💖 I love you @pattonoswalt I love you Alice Oswalt! pic.twitter.com/6V6JnQ0XKJ— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 6, 2017
Followed by an excellent thread on the proposal that ends up involving the designer of Qwirkle, the game Oswalt used to propose:
No!!!! Our favorite game! Qwirkle. pic.twitter.com/o8h8yPDkkj— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 7, 2017
Congratulations! I designed Qwirkle and who knew it could be so romantic? I wish you years of love, happiness and playing games together. ❤️— Susan McKinley Ross (@IdeaDuck) July 7, 2017
Susan!!! It's my family's fav game!! I even won with a double Qwirkle on @wilw 's show #Tabletop - 💖⚛️⭕️🔷➰ https://t.co/NCDLOVGUHU— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 8, 2017
This story just gets better and better - a family proposal and a purple Qwirkle. So sweet that Alice helped! 💜💜💜— Susan McKinley Ross (@IdeaDuck) July 8, 2017
(I am not crying, I just have something in my eye).
Oswalt also brought Qwirkle Susan back into the fold for another thank you. Yay for Qwirkle, which I plan to Google as soon as I finish writing this important news story.
We owe you EVERYTHING Susan. Thank you! https://t.co/MKdAzDprX3— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 8, 2017
Way to make a game designer's day!!! I love that Alice was involved in the proposal. That makes the whole sweet story even better. 💜💜💜— Susan McKinley Ross (@IdeaDuck) July 8, 2017
And here's some more of their commentary on the news as it unfolds (Oswalt is quoting a tweet from People Magazine announcing their engagement):
I put the ring in a marzipan Slave I replica and said, "Will you be my Padawan of Love?" She maced me but said yes later. https://t.co/9gIr2yxfP5— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 6, 2017
I'm marrying THIS nerd. 😜#dontbejealous https://t.co/JXMChzvA6I— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 6, 2017
And here they are, adorably taking the piss out of each other again (and responding as randos and fellow celebs chime in):
Lookit this dumbass and her weak BATTLESHIP spacing. #engagementcancelled @GamehausCafe pic.twitter.com/DPK15lukEF— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 6, 2017
It's called strategy mofo... & I would have won (in 2 more moves) "if it hadn't been for those meddling kids!" Grrrr! #nobacksies #weddingON https://t.co/5VhtrST5xD— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 7, 2017
Hahhahhaha— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 7, 2017
That was just one of many games we played.— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 7, 2017
Oh yeah, baby. We played LOTS of games. Real...adult games.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 7, 2017
(Like Sets, Mastermind and Othello) https://t.co/TJ6Sf1IXlX
Here's an exchange from back in late June, after Salenger had first tweeted a picture of her and Oswalt at Disneyland (for context, she voiced several characters in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series):
I wonder if @pattonoswalt has realized hes dating the woman who framed anakin's apprentice; eventually breaking his trust with the jedi. 🤔— 🅿️hil (@Philthhy) June 20, 2017
WHAT?!? https://t.co/g8LhEW3LUq— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 20, 2017
I prefer to think of #BarrissOffee as a Jedi Extremist https://t.co/O42SQ7gIU7— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) June 21, 2017
Here's from around that same time, when some Twitter rando who is clearly on my level asked Salenger to post a daily dose of their happiness, presumably to counteract the utter collapse of the rest of the world that just happens to be happening concurrently:
June 22, 2017
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger, we wish you a million years of wedded bliss. And now that my faith in love has been rekindled, if any celebrity couples want to make me believe in God next that would be great.
P.S. All other couples doing cute public repartee on social media should still be banned from the internet.
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